Cosby heads to state prison SCI Phoenix to begin serving sentence

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The 81-year-old comedian has begun his three to ten-year sentence after being convicted on Tuesday of drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand.

It makes him one of the famous Americans ever ordered to serve a prison sentence, in a country where fame and unlimited wealth spent on brilliant lawyers have tended to help celebrities avoid jail in the past.

SCI Phoenix is brand new, state of the art - and maximum security. He will be given the basics when he arrives, including a uniform, toiletries, linens, towels and state-issued boots, reports CNN.

He's allowed phone calls, visits and exercise. He will soon be integrated into the general population area of the prison where he will receive "the programming required during his incarceration", after a series of evaluations. "It is no accident that prosecutor still works so close with anti-black and anti-male activist groups who tried to extort $100 million from Dr. Cosby in 2014 and continues to produce racist and sexist publicity against him through the 35 clients". Cosby famously appeared in a number of Jell-O commercials in the 1980s and 1990s, and he was served a half cup of the pudding for the dessert portion of his meal, which also included baked meatballs and rice, green beans, as well as mashed potatoes and gravy. However, a spokeswoman for the corrections department said there was no dessert on the menu.

"Shit, I would actually be scared to say something because his entire life he has been put in such a positive light", she continued. There are also varying degrees of medical facilities across the system. When O'Neill asked him if he understood that decision, Cosby answered, "yes".

"At least we know where to find him", Cammarata said. If not from officials, but from the other inmates and guards. "He'll be treated like other inmates", Worden said.

The prison also offers basic adult education and vocational classes including barbering, custodial maintenance, and carpentry. He will now have to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

The lock-up was built to replace SCI Gaterford, which was built in 1929, and boasts 1,200 full-time employees.

It has two correctional facilities and one shared administration/support building.

It has a 192-bed female transition unit to "focus on re-entry and family reunification".

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